Strategic Dairy Farm Event - Building Business Resilience: Lanarkshire

Past Event - booking closed

Thu, 30 January 2020

10:45 AM - 2:00 PM

The Tinto Hotel, 44 Biggar Road, Symington, Biggar, South Lanarkshire

ML12 6FT

Join us for the next meeting of our Scottish all-year-round calving (AYR) strategic dairy farm where we will be looking at what drives a highly resilient, successful dairy farm business.

These are challenging times for the dairy industry and dairy farming businesses must be resilient to respond positively and rapidly.    

The AHDB Horizon report ‘Preparing for Change’ concluded that the top performing dairy farms are earning more than four times as much money as similar farms in the bottom quartile. This meeting will look at what the top-performing dairy farmers are doing differently to others.

William Baillie will share his approach to building a resilient business. Senior Farm Business Consultant and Dairy Farmer, Tony Evans, will delve into areas of William’s business to highlight examples and identify areas for further refinement. AHDB Dairy Market Analysts will discuss the current dairy market in Scotland and the UK, and the importance of business agility in line with change.

In the meeting we will discuss:

  • What makes a resilient dairy farm business?
  • The key factors that differentiate top-performing dairy farms
  • The current milk market in Scotland and the UK
  • Steps taken at Hillhead of Covington to build a resilient business
  • Current business performance at Hillhead of Covington against key performance indicators (KPIs) for AYR calving herds

Who should attend?

Dairy farmers wishing to master business resilience. Anyone who is keen to build their confidence in their own business and learn from others the steps and changes needed to help make it more resilient.   

Booking Details

To book your place contact the AHDB KE Events Hub on 01904 771216 or or for more information contact Chris Stockwell on 07775 884831.

If you have any special dietary requirements, please contact us as soon as possible.

Please wear clean disinfectable boots.

About Hillhead of Covington Farm

William Ballie bought Hillhead of Covington in 1996 which consists of 195 hectares of grassland and arable cropping. Since then, William has grown the milking herd from 50 to 310 pedigree Holsteins with a top 15% genetic ranking. 

Housed all year round, the herd is milked three times a day and is fed a diet of mainly grass silage, whole crop and draff.

Benchmarking has played an important part in the business for over five years by enabling William to set key performance targets and measure progress towards being among the best-performing herds.

William’s ultimate aim is to improve business performance, initially by focusing on nutrition and genetics.

About Strategic Dairy Farms

Strategic dairy farms help farmers learn from each other through regular on-farm meetings where we share key performance data and showcase what the best farmers are doing.

They form part of the Optimal Dairy Systems programme which aims to help dairy farmer’s lower costs and increase efficiency by focusing on either a block or all-year-round calving system.

The growing network of strategic dairy farms have calculated key performance indicators (KPIs) for their enterprises which are shared at meetings and published online. These are physical and financial performance measures that are critical to success. Farmers can benchmark their businesses against these KPIs and identify areas for improvement.

About the Speaker

Tony Evans is Partner and Head of Dairy Business Consultancy at The Andersons Centre, where he has been for 23 years having joined them in 1996 and becoming a Partner in 1997. Prior to this Tony spent 13 years at Genus Management as Senior Consultant, Regional Consultant and then National Business Manager.

His areas of expertise include Farm Business Management, Technical Farm Business Advice, Farm Strategy and Succession Planning and Farm Business Administration. Tony is also a Dairy Farmer himself, starting in 2007 and has since grown his business to four units, including a recently added organic farm.

In 2018 he received the RABDF Princess Royal Award which recognised his lifetime contribution to, and outstanding achievements in the dairy industry.

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